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Shuniro Sakaoka
Seitaro Sakaoka

Niho Mura
230, Niho Mura
from Japan
164 a Daniels Avenue (Record for his son, who arrived 14 Aug 1909)
Married, age 50 [sic]; Enumerated next to S. Sakoka, age 18 & single; living on Daniels Avenue
Tag1910hired hand
230, Niho Mura
Deathaft 1924

There are two men, both listed only as "S. Sakaoka," in the 1910 Federal Census for Brighton Township, Sacramento, California. Their relationship to each other is not given, as they were both hired men, living in the household of "S. Kawasaki." The younger is 18. The older man's age looks like 60, but could be 50. Shunjiro's passport said he was the oldest son, so the older man is certainly not a brother.

The older man must be Shuniro, while the younger man must be his son, Shunjiro. The older man immigrated in 1906, and it looks like the younger man immigrated in 1909. Both of these dates are consistent with other records. The younger Sakaoka's age in 1910 is also consistent with other records. According to family sources, Shunio Sakaoka went back to Japan. Indeed, he can be found in neither the 1920 nor 1930 U. S. census.

In 1924, when his son, Shunjiro, along with his wife, Hawayo, and son's Toshio and Hideo, returned to California, Shunjiro referred to his father as Seitero Sakaoka, who lived at 230 Niho Muro, Hiroshima, Japan.  Was this an alternate name for his father, Shuniro, or was this a "lost in translation" problem?

NOTE that the address book of Masako (Sakaoka) Nakamoto, Shuniro's granddaughter, included to names of possible cousins. Those two names each included a mother whose maiden name was Sakaoka. They came from two different birth families. This information, plus publicly available sources have allowed this family to be put together.

According to culturetour.net the name, Sakaoka, means "slope, incluen, hill/ meaning mount, hill or knoll."  When this site ws created, the estimated population of Sakaokas in Japan was 780.  It would also appear that Sakaoka is not among the top 5 Sakaoka populations.

M. Nishimoto

at 2644 Nihojima Mura, Akijunn (?), Hiroshma

The following was included in the arrival document for her son, Shunjiro Sakaoka, in 1909 at Seattle, King County, Washington, USA, on the ship, "Minnesota:"  

This document contains a record for Shunjiro Sakaoka, listing his mother as M. Sakaoka(of) Hiroshima. However, it is possible the M stands for a title, such as Mrs. in Englsih.; Seattle Passenger & Crew Lists, 1882-1957 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA;

Note that Sadako Sakaoka Okuno's entry in the California Death Index lists here mother's surname as Nishimoto.  This Miss Nichimoto may or may not have also been the mother of all four chidlren listed here so far.

ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses


25 JUN 18907 JAN 1972  Japan, Hiroshima, Niho Mura Morito Morimoto 


12 JUL 189215 JUN 1949  Japan, Hiroshima, Nihomichi (Houni) Hawayo Okada 


10 MAR 1898JUL 1963  Japan, Hiroshima Mitsuko "Mitsi" Amaki 


14 DEC 18992 SEP 1990  Japan, Hiroshima Ryuichi Okuno 
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  1. FamilySearch S Sakaoka United States Census, 1910
  2. FamilySearch Shunjiro Sakaoka California Death Index, 1940-1997
  3. FamilySearch Shunjiro Sakaoka California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953
  4. FamilySearch two pages, Shunjiro Sakaoka Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957
  5. Correspondence: family member to V. Smallwood, 31 July 2000;
  1. FamilySearch Shunjiro Sakaoka Migration • Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957
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